05 May 2015

Roofing: Let there be light

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Here, Howells Patent Glazing – an expert in bespoke roof design – showcases the roof glazing options available that will flood your home with natural light.

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A good way of introducing natural light into your living space, where possible, is to incorporate a glazed rooflight. These can be installed onto a flat roof, or be an integral part of a sloping roof. Swimming pool covers, rooflights, lantern lights, single and double pitched rooflights and conservatories including portal frames, if required, are all options available to incorporate overhead glazing.

Agood way of introducing natural light into your living space, where possible, is to incorporate a glazed rooflight. These can be installed onto a flat roof, or be an integral part of a sloping roof. Swimming pool covers, rooflights, lantern lights, single and double pitched rooflights and conservatories including portal frames, if required, are all options available to incorporate overhead glazing.

When choosing a rooflight, important considerations include thermal efficiency, ventilation, solar control, safety, aesthetics, cost and maintenance. Consider the environment you are trying to create, the amount of light desired and where this light would work best within the space.

Flat roof skylights offer maximum light exposure and the integration of specialist supporting bars will create an uninterrupted flow of sunlight due to this design’s unobtrusive framing. There are many options for flat rooflights, including hip ended, gable ended, traditional lanterns and contemporary flat glass types. Walk-on options are available for those wishing to incorporate glazing within balcony flooring or roof terraces.

It is essential to guarantee the use of safety glass within any overhead glazing. Sloping windows can incorporate traditional patent glazing or a fully thermally broken system. The choice of modern solar control glass can be used to good effect in reducing solar gain and glare.

Ventilation advantages

Opening lights are an easy and obvious solution to ventilation issues. Allow fresh air to flow into your home as well as sunlight by incorporating openers, either manual or electric in operation. Another ventilation option to consider is accompanying roof vents.

Carefully consider what view the glazing provides as well as which style will best suit both the interior and exterior of your home. It might be that you require a different internal finish compared to the external profile. Different internal and external profile finishes are available including square, ornate and raked features to suit the application. There are lots of different profiles available, at varying levels of cost, from slim lines with large glass to more traditional frames.

For a more dramatic effect – often favoured within more traditional builds – consider a true lantern rooflight that incorporates both slanted and vertical windows. Verticle window height is available in variable, bespoke sizes and allows top-hung opening vents to be situated within the windows. Pyramid, octagon and even dome glazing should also be considered.

For those looking for low maintenance glazing, modern glass options that benefit from self-cleaning upgrades may be better suited. Polyester powder coated aluminium is also considered to be a low maintenance finish to your rooflight.

As with all material specification, glass samples and technical information is always available from trusted manufacturers.

When choosing a rooflight, important considerations include thermal efficiency, ventilation, solar control, safety, aesthetics, cost and maintenance. Consider the environment you are trying to create, the amount of light desired and where this light would work best within the space.

Flat roof skylights offer maximum light exposure and the integration of specialist supporting bars will create an uninterrupted flow of sunlight due to this design’s unobtrusive framing. There are many options for flat rooflights, including hip ended, gable ended, traditional lanterns and contemporary flat glass types. Walk-on options are available for those wishing to incorporate glazing within balcony flooring or roof terraces.

It is essential to guarantee the use of safety glass within any overhead glazing. Sloping windows can incorporate traditional patent glazing or a fully thermally broken system. The choice of modern solar control glass can be used to good effect in reducing solar gain and glare.

Ventilation advantages

Opening lights are an easy and obvious solution to ventilation issues. Allow fresh air to flow into your home as well as sunlight by incorporating openers, either manual or electric in operation. Another ventilation option to consider is accompanying roof vents.

Carefully consider what view the glazing provides as well as which style will best suit both the interior and exterior of your home. It might be that you require a different internal finish compared to the external profile. Different internal and external profile finishes are available including square, ornate and raked features to suit the application. There are lots of different profiles available, at varying levels of cost, from slim lines with large glass to more traditional frames.

For a more dramatic effect – often favoured within more traditional builds – consider a true lantern rooflight that incorporates both slanted and vertical windows. Verticle window height is available in variable, bespoke sizes and allows top-hung opening vents to be situated within the windows. Pyramid, octagon and even dome glazing should also be considered.

For those looking for low maintenance glazing, modern glass options that benefit from self-cleaning upgrades may be better suited. Polyester powder coated aluminium is also considered to be a low maintenance finish to your rooflight.

As with all material specification, glass samples and technical information is always available from trusted manufacturers.

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